entertaining ideas

Last weekend's dinner got me thinking... there are a lot of great entertaining ideas out there that I think we should be sharing.  What do you think?  Do you have some tips that make your dinners and brunches with family and friends just that little bit more special or just down right perfect?  
Do you want to share them with us?

someone pointed out that those are the bodega glasses in persimmon on the table- some of my favorites!